Sciatica is generally described as a set of symptoms, primarily characterized by pain and discomfort, along with tingling sensations and numbness. Athletes frequently report experiencing symptoms of sciatica, however, there are many factors as well as a variety of injuries and conditions which can manifest these well-known symptoms. Piriformis syndrome is a disorder that is frequently confused with symptoms of sciatica.
The piriformis muscle is commonly known among athletes and healthcare professionals as a significant muscle in the posterior hip. This muscle functions to control hip joint rotation and abduction and it is also a distinguishable muscle due to its inversion of action in rotation. The piriformis muscle also raises awareness as the various causes of piriformis syndrome, a condition suspected to be a potential source of pain and dysfunction, not only in athletes, but in the general population as well.
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In athletes, piriformis syndrome is a common disorder identified by the irritation and inflammation of the piriformis muscle which can generally result in the compression of the sciatic nerve. This impingement of the nerves and its surrounding tissues can cause the symptoms of sciatica to manifest, characterized by pain and discomfort, along with tingling sensations and numbness, affecting an athlete’s performance. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (95) 850-0900.